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Saris, AJ
2000
March
Journal of Historical Sociology
Culture and history in the halfway house: Ethnography, tradition, and the rural middle class in the west of Ireland
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7 ()
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13
10
36
In this essay, I examine aspects of the life of a mental hospital nurse in the context of two main discourses (1) cultural debates about Ireland over the course of the last century or so, and (2) how the west of the island has been portrayed in some ethnographic writings. I argue that this nurse is situated partially in and partially out of both these discourses, and, furthermore, he is implicated in reproducing some ideas that render such judgment possible. I put forward a concept of "brokerage" to explain how objects and narratives that invoke a "tradition" stretching back into contested and intellectually murky histories can be experienced as felt orientations within a cultural environment.
OXFORD
0952-1909
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